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$250 million Columbine lawsuit filed



Parents of Harris, Klebold sued for negligence

May 27, 1999
Web posted at: 1:23 p.m. EDT (1723 GMT)

DENVER (CNN) -- A $250 million lawsuit filed Thursday accuses the parents of Columbine High School student gunmen Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris of failing to supervise their children.

Attorney Geoffrey Fieger filed the lawsuit in Denver on behalf of Isaiah Shoels' parents, Michael and Vonda. Their son, an 18-year-old senior, was one of the students shot to death in last month's gun and bomb assault in suburban Littleton.

Harris, 18, and Klebold, 17, scattered gunfire and bombs inside Columbine on April 20, killing a dozen classmates and a teacher and injuring 23 students before they committed suicide.

In an earlier statement, Fieger said "Klebold and Harris could not have developed and executed their violence without the negligence of the parents and possibly others."

There was no immediate comment on the lawsuit from the gunmen's parents, Wayne and Katherine Harris and Thomas and Susan Klebold.

Isaiah Shoels, a popular Columbine athlete, was the only black victim of the massacre.

His parents maintain he was singled out because of his race and in interviews since the killings they have spoken out against racial hatred, urging parents to take more responsibility for their children.

Prior to the filing of the lawsuit, a spokesman for the Shoels family said the issue was not money but to "prevent another Columbine from happening."

Fieger has also represented assisted suicide crusader Dr. Jack Kevorkian.



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